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Hi. I am Dr. Beatty and I am readking through your notes about your dog. What is his name?
I know you are really worried about your sweet companion. It sounds like he has several different health issues going on and is not doing well. I also understand that you are physically limited in getting him up and around and maybe even in to his clinic. It sounds like you are doing the best you can to make him comfortable. It also sounds like you are wrestling with the decision about whether it is time to let your sweet compainion go. Goodness I am sorry that your dog is struggling so much and you are having to think about such hard choices.
First, I would recommend that you try to contact your local veterinarian. It sounds like your dog needs to be checked out. Many clinics offer house call services for situations like yours where the animal and/or the owner have limitations in their ability to physically get to the clinic. If your vet doesn't offer this they may be able to recommend a clinic that does. It really sounds like your dog should be checked out within the next 12-24 hours at the latest or at a minimum just touching base with your vet so they know what is going on with him.
Second, it is really hard to consider when it may be time to euthanize an animal. It is extremely hard to separate out our feelings and think objectively about a companion who has given us so much joy and unconditional love for so many years. One thing I think is helpful to contemplate is looking at his quality of life over several days to a week or more rather than just a single day in time. Often our dogs have good days and bad days. It seems one day that they are doing horribly and the next day they may perk up and feel so much better. That makes the decision even more complicated because no one wants to euthanize their dog and then wonder if they did it too soon. Conversely, no one wants to think that they waited too long and that their pet suffered. In looking at quality of life over days to a week or more you can assess whether he is having more good days than bad days. If over several days to a week you can say that he has had more bad days than good, then it might be time to let him go. However, if over that period of time he has more good days than bad then it is likely not time to let him go.
Of course, I also understand your physical limitations are making it really hard to give him the supportive care he needs at home. You may need to ask your vet if there is a tech or staff person that is willing to come help you get him up and around and to the bathroom, etc. However, again, it really sounds like he needs an exam to help you get a clear picture of whether additional treatments exist to help him improve or not.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. I am happy to help further if I can. If I have offered you positive help today I would appreciate a positive rating as it is good feedback for me and for other clients as they look to me for help. Thank you for your time. All they best to you and your sweet dog during this very hard and emotional time. Dr. Beatty
Hi! I am just checking in on you and Remington. I hope you are both doing ok.
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Thank your for the accept and the five star rating. I appreciat your feedback. I hope Remington is doing ok! Dr. Beatty